Blood Bank



LTMG hospital is one of major MCGM run hospital which is centrally located and biggest trauma center of the Mumbai city.

LTMGH Blood bank is a vital service department of LTMG Hospital. LTMGH blood bank functions under supervision of Department of Pathology of LTMG hospital. It works 24*7 to give services to needy and poor patients. It is one of the most important emergency service departments which also plays important role in disaster management.

Blood transfusion is a life saving measure in cases of massive blood loss, major surgeries, obstetrics and gynecology patients, chronic anemia, renal hemodialysis patients, cardiac surgeries,  aplastic anemia, leukemia undergoing chemotherapy and also in conditions which require multiple blood  transfusion like thalassemia, sickle cell anemia etc.

 LTMGH  Blood Bank



OPD 4, First floor, Casualty Building, LTMG Hospital, Sion, Mumbai-400022

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·         The Donation hours: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. week day; 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday

·         Donating blood is a social responsibility
Help the blood bank serve the needs of all patients by organizing camps

·         If possible, please arrange blood donation camps in your residential societies, social and community gatherings, offices and colleges
kindly call us for assistance and guidance to organize camp.

·         to ORGANISE A BLOOD DONATION CAMP. CONTACT 022-24021771, 022-24076381 (3495/3467)



 The Blood Bank of LTMG Hospital is licensed by Drug Controller General of India and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maharashtra.

It is also a member of the State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) and Federation of Bombay Blood Banks (FBBB).

Second Centre in Mumbai to participate in and report to the Hemovigilance Program of India, National Institute of Biologicals, NOIDA.


·            Blood is a ‘gift of life’ that a healthy individual can safely give to others in need

·         Blood cannot be manufactured

·         Only human blood can be used for transfusion to human beings

·         Blood donation requires only 15 minutes of your time

·         Your body contains 5 liters of blood, of which you donate only 350-450ml

·         Your blood volume gets replenished within 24 - 48 hours

·         By donating one unit of blood you can save not just one but 4 lives


Importance of Voluntary Blood Donation :

Blood is a precious product from human source. Blood donation is one’s commitment towards society, also gives a feeling of immense satisfaction to the donor. Voluntary blood donation is the safest way of providing blood of assured quality.

The donated blood unit is separated into components: Red Cell Concentrate, Platelet Concentrate, Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) and cryoprecipitate. These blood components are issued to 4 different patients as per the clinical needs. Thus, a single unit of blood can save lives of FOUR patients.

Special Services :

 Plateletpheresis (Single Donor Platelets):

Plateletpheresis” is a special procedure by which only the platelets are separated from the donor and the rest of the components i.e. red cells and plasma are infused back into the donor.

A single platelet donation (SDP) can provide platelets almost five times one can obtain through random donor platelets (RDP).

These platelets are lifesaving for patients who suffer from bleeding due to monsoon related illnesses like malaria, leptospirosis and dengue. They are therapeutically very effective for patients with blood cancers and aplastic anemia who have low platelets. Patients undergoing heart surgery also benefit from these platelet products.

Platelet donation facility is available in the LTMGH Blood bank for the benefit of patients who are admitted in LTMG Hospital. The blood bank has well equipped apheresis machine which are used for the purpose of plateletpheresis. These SDPs are given “free of cost”.

Being a tertiary care public hospital, with largest trauma Centre of Mumbai city and multiple superspeciality departments, patients from all over Mumbai come to LTMG Hospital for treatment of various diseases, many of which require blood. The requirement of blood and blood components is about 80-100 units per day at LTMG. Hospital.



For blood and platelet donation, Contact: 022-24021771, 022-24076381 (3495/3467)

Blood Products offered to patients by LTMGH blood bank

·         Whole Blood

·         Red Blood Cell Concentrate

·         Random Donor Platelets ( RDP)

·         Single Donor Platelets (SDP)

·         Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP)

·         Cryoprecipitate

·         Cryo deficient plasma (CDP)

Blood bank Services :

·         Collection of blood from donors:

The Department collects blood from voluntary blood donors. More than 130-150 blood donation camps are conducted annually with various voluntary organizations, colleges, corporate offices and many more. Besides this, blood is also collected from blood donors who come to the blood bank for donation. The annual blood collection at the blood bank is 16,000- 18,000 units


§  Providing properly grouped and crossmatched blood
All blood units are processed for cell and serum grouping. Serum grouping confirms findings of cell grouping and also detects rare atypical antibodies. Confirmatory testing (Du test) is done on all units which test as Rh negative to rule out weak or partial Rh groups.


§  Detection of transfusion transmitted infections – HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and Malaria
Each and every blood unit collected is tested. Detection of anti-HIV-1 & -2 and Hepatitis is done by sensitive ELISA kits using automated washers and computerized ELISA readers.


§  Ensuring optimal utilization of blood by preparing blood components
Almost all the blood collected is separated into the various blood components. The Blood Bank has special refrigerated cryo- centrifuges and plasma expressors as well as experienced staff for the separation of these components.


§  Proper preservation of blood
All blood units are preserved at 2-6 ° C, in a well-designed walk-in cooler equipped with a continuous temperature monitor and alarm facility. Plasma and Cryo-precipitate are preserved in large freezers maintaining temperature below -30° C, while platelet concentrates are kept on a special rotator for continuous slow agitation which is essential for their proper functioning.


§  Prompt and appropriate disposal of unsafe blood
All units of blood suspected to harbor infectious agents or be sub-optimal for any reason are carefully autoclaved at the Blood Bank and destroyed by incineration at the Municipal incinerator.


§  Promptly provide blood, round the clock

The Blood Bank crossmatches and issues blood and components continuously, all the twenty-four hours, thus making it available during all the emergency hours.

Under the supervision of the Faculty, technical supervisors, technicians, medical social workers, staff nurses, clerical staff and support staff are working in various sections of the department.


The Blood Bank Department includes :

·         Blood Donation Centre: The department has a blood and Apheresis donation Room which collects blood from 100% voluntary non-remunerated donors. The Centre also provides pre and post donation counselling services with the help of trained counsellors. The blood donation service is available from 9.00am to 4.00 pm on all weekdays and 9.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturdays.

·         Red cell serology Lab: is a testing laboratory and performs ABO & Rh blood grouping, Cross matching, Screening & Identification of antibodies, to resolve red cell discrepancies. This technology has helped to reduce turnaround time of blood issue significantly. The team of trained doctors and technologists provide fast, reliable and accurate results to save patient lives.

·         Component Lab: The donated blood is separated into its various components in a well-equipped lab with advanced technology and automation. This ensures a regular supply of safe blood components to meet various patient requirements.

·         TTI Testing Lab: The lab for transfusion transmitted infectious disease testing of donated blood, that screen blood for antibodies to HIV1 & 2, Hepatitis C virus and Hepatitis B surface antigen. Additional tests are performed to screen blood for Syphilis & Malarial parasite using high quality and sensitive antigen methods.

·         Component Storage Lab: The lab is well equipped with Freezers and Refrigerators that are capable of storing blood and its components at ideal temperatures 24x7 and thus ensures the quality and reliability of components stored.


The department functions round the clock to ensure the quality and safety of blood and blood products to all patients.

What is the process for Blood Donation?

·         1stStep: Registration
Donor are provided with a Questionnaire to ensure that he/she is fit and his/her blood is safe for a patient. The information provided will be kept confidential. The form should be filled correctly and honestly.

·         2nd Step : Medical screening
Donor Hemoglobin will be checked by a finger prick method to ensure that he/she are not anemic. The blood pressure will be checked prior to donation. Questions will be asked to ensure your blood is safe for patient.  If donor is disqualified, he/she will be explained why the same and given appropriate medical advice.

·         3rd Step :  Counseling
Pre donation and post donation counselling is done by expert Counsellors asking  certain questions regarding health in confidential manner. If donors turned out to be positive for Transfusion transmitted diseases, then they are taken to respective section and treatment is provided free of cost.

·         4th Step: Phlebotomy  (Blood Donation Procedure)
Donor will be made to lie down on donor couch. The skin of the inner elbow area will be cleaned antiseptically. An experienced phlebotomist will insert a sterile needle into vein. The donation will take just 5-10 mins. After donation, donor will be asked to lie down for another 5 mins. with the punctured arm folded at the elbow.

·         5th Step : Refreshment
Donor  will be served refreshments after donation. A Donor card & Certificate will be handed over.  Donor will be guided regarding post donation care. A sticking plaster will be applied at the punctured area.


·         Who can donate blood and platelets?

·         If you are between 18 and 65 years of age, weighing more than 45 kg and are healthy, you can donate blood. For platelet donation, the minimum weight should be 55 kg. You should have eaten a non-oily healthy breakfast/ meal within 4 hours before coming for blood donation. Additionally, the doctors in the blood bank will explain to you the benefits of as well as the eligibility criteria for blood donation.


·         Why is voluntary blood donation encouraged?

·         In the days of blood communicable infections, repeat voluntary donors who donate without any form of remuneration, are the cornerstone of a safe and adequate blood supply.


·         Why is 3 months interval required between two donations ?

·         Although the lost blood is replenished within 6 weeks, an additional 6 weeks is required for the safety of the donor. For SDP donation, one can donate platelets at interval of 72 hours.


·         Does one feel weak after donating blood ?

·         Blood donation does not have any adverse effects on the body and one can go back to work soon after donation.


·         What Is a Platelet Apheresis Donation or SDP Donation?

·         During a platelet donation, a small portion of your blood is drawn from your arm and passed through an apheresis machine. The machine collects the platelets and safely returns the remaining blood components, back. After the donation you can resume your normal activities.

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Contact Us
For Blood requirements or Queries and To Organize a Blood Donation Drive :
You may contact us at our direct numbers :  
022-24021771, 022-24076381 (3495/3467)

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